Women from the local community of Laman Kinipan, an indigenous village in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia (Borneo Island), expressed their concern for the ongoing destruction of their forest by palm oil plantations.
"We are in a good friendly relationship with our environment and forest. We dwelled in our forest, fulfilled many needs, our lives were beautiful. But now we are sad."
Up until the end of 2018, more than 1,242 acres of their land had been destroyed and converted into a palm oil plantation by SML and co. This despite the fact that the government already gave Hak Guna Usaha (HGU) or Right of Tenure to SML, including as much as 9,400 acres that includes land inside Laman Kinipan and Kinipan forest. Since May 2018, the community has submitted their case to the Office of the President and Human Rights Commission in Jakarta, but there's no response, and the destruction continues.
Borneo, S. O. (July 04, 2019). The Voice of Kinipan Women (Suara Perempuan Kinipan). Retrieved October 18, 2019, from EngageMedia Web site: http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/emnews/videos/voice-kinipan-women.